Best of Office Weekly Roundup: Great Rooftop Gardens

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Gardening has many physical and mental health benefits ranging from reduced risk of heart attacks, fulfilling daily physical exercise, strengthening hand muscles, and significantly reducing the risk for dementia. But gardening isn’t just for the old-timers, and many buildings make use of their building space with rooftop gardens to help make our planet greener. In this week’s roundup, we take a look at some of the more creative uses of roof space for some extravagant garden setups.

Shrouded in a dense forest. Almost.

Shrouded in a dense forest. Almost.

Opened in April 1995, the ACROS Fukuoka opened in April 1995 in the Tenjin district of Fukuoka City, Japan. The building has no less than 50,000 trees of at least 120 different varieties and makes you feel like you are walking into a forest rather than a building. We can only imagine how the wildlife must be like.

That roof could use a shave. Oops, we meant mowing.

That roof could use a shave. Oops, we meant mowing.

The Horniman Museum CUE building has an unusual rooftop with two slopes that are home to an abundant amount of greenery. There are plans to build a permanent irrigation system so the entire rooftop will be self-sustainable. We like that it makes the building look like it’s been uninhabited for ages, left to be taken over by nature.

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Curves for days

The roof of the Art, Design & Media building at the Nanyang Technological University campus in Singapore has a garden that helps insulate the building while utilizing rainwater for landscape irrigation. It also makes for the most intense games of Frisbee.

Unique level exceeded

Unique level exceeded

The Waldspirale in Germany was constructed with a green roof in mind. What we found just as cool is that no two windows in this building are alike and it almost looks like the building is a paper cutout.

“Your request is denied, but take a walk in our garden.”

“Your request is denied, but take a walk in our garden.”

Chicago City Hall has a green roof that has nice views of the Chicago skyline. It is so mellow it almost takes away any worries that might be going on downstairs.

All these green roofs got us excited to start our own projects. Want to start your own garden, too? Well, we can help you get started with these garden supplies.

Getting green in the boogie down.

Getting green in the boogie down.

The Bronx courthouse now has its own rooftop garden that is mostly grass, but hey, no garden just springs up unless you buy the greenery then plant it. And that would be cheating.

Follow the brick road. The wizard is on vacation, however.

Follow the brick road. The wizard is on vacation, however.

This green rooftop is very elaborate and very tidy, with brick walkways and neatly trimmed grass and shrubs. We like that that the building’s skyline isn’t too cluttered with surrounding buildings, making this space even more serene.

People everywhere are always looking for inventive places to plant trees, flowers, and all other types of greenery, and rooftops offer a way to take what is usually the most overlooked part of any building and give it an environmentally-friendly purpose that benefits everyone.